The Caterer: Sophie Wright
By the time she was 26, Sophie had fed Leonardo DiCaprio, Avril Lavigne and Roman Abramovich, cooked up a storm on TV and published three best-selling cookbooks. Before that, she ahd racked up 50 competition cookery medals, taken over and run Beach Blanket Babylon, turning the 350-seater bar and restaurant in Notting Hill into not just a place to be seen, but also a place to eat great food.
Sophie, now 27, who began her food career when she was 16, gave up the restaurant trade in 2008.’I was offered my first book deal and had to decide which road to take,’ she says. She handed in her notice, bu soon had the retaurant’s customers asking her to cook for her privately, which is how her catering company began. At fist she would spend summers in the south of France, but she is now UK-based and has whipped up sushi and sashimi for Tom Ford, and organises menus for small parties to dinners for 2,000. ‘I love that I get to chat to clients,’ she says. ‘In a restaurant you rarely get to ask your customers how they enjoyed their experience.’